January happenings at BPC

Blessings on this winter’s day!

1. BPC’s Annual Meeting is this Saturday
Ice cream sundaes: 1:30 Call to Order: 2:00
For all members and friends
Find out what’s happening as we review our annual report
and the budget for 2013; elect our new officers; approve pastoral terms of call; and hear a special report from the Mission Exploration
Team – and share your own thoughts.

2. Bakers needed! If you can provide some baked goodies for the
People Helping People fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza (Route 62, across from MITRE), next Tuesday, January 22, please let Rod know. Goodies should be delivered at 4:30. And enjoy supper at Flatbread – a percentage of all sales helps People Helping People.

3. For Sunday, January 20 – a “talk sermon”
Let’s hear what one another has to say. Based on the gospel, John 2:1-12 (Jesus at the wedding in Cana)–
What gives you joy in being part of Christ, and part of his body, the church?

Stay warm and well–

March 2012 Crossroads

Holy Week at the Presbyterian Church
Please come, share in these times which recall the heart of our faith. Invite your friends!

Passion/Palm Sunday, April 1
Remembering Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to confront the power of sin and death.
10:30 a.m. Worship
In keeping with tradition, there will be a palm procession, special music, and the dedication of our One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

Maundy Thursday, April 5
Remembering the Last Supper

“Maundy Thursday” gets its name from Jesus’ “new commandment”
(mandatum in Latin) to love one another as He has loved us.

6:15 p.m.

Family teaching supper about communion. Gathering for all families with conversation about the sacrament.
Then they may remain for:

7:30 p.m.

A brief service with celebration of the Lord’s Supper— on the night we remember Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.
Communion is served around the communion table.

Good Friday, April 6
The Day of Jesus’ Crucifixion
It is “good” Friday because, despite appearances, it is God’s Friday.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

A vigil of prayer, readings, and extinguishing of candles in the darkened sanctuary, as we reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion, of our lives, and our world.

Easter Sunday, April 8
The Day of Resurrection
9:00 a.m.

With cries of “He is risen!” we greet one another at our annual Easter Breakfast.

10:30 a.m. ALLELUIA!

Worship will celebrate the heart of the Good News, with jubilant music.
This is the love that overcomes death!

No Sunday School  worship will be for the whole family.
There will be child care for infants and toddlers only.

News of our Church Family
In memory and prayer…

Two memorial services took place in our sanctuary on Saturday, February 11.

One was for Harry Thomasian, who along with his wife, Betty, was one of the earliest members of our church in 1962. Though he had lived away from Burlington for a long time, it was good to gather with his family, and remember and give thanks.

The other was for Bill Piper, a member of our church for about 9 years. Bill and his wife, Rose Mary (an active Roman Catholic), moved to our area to be closer to their two daughters as he was encountering health issues. Though he wasn’t able to attend worship often, several members of the church came to be fond of the Pipers through visits with them.

Our prayers are with the families of both.

Service for Jay David…

A memorial service for Jay, who entered God’s peace on New Year’s Day while he and Sheila were visiting family in India, is planned for Saturday, March 24. For reasons of space, it will be held at Mt. Hope Church in Burlington. A definite time will be announced.

Crafts and fellowship…

Do you know about the new opportunity for anyone who enjoys any sort of crafts to gather for “work” and fellowship? It will be on the third Friday evenings of each month. See Jane McIninch (jane.mcininch@verizon.net) for more info.

Deacons Corner

Please welcome our new deacons, Colette Greco and Niloo Hennings. Many thanks to Annelies Rots for agreeing to stay on for one more year as our Deacon Moderator.

The Food Pantry is requesting toothbrushes, both adult and child size. As usual, the official collection date will be the first Sunday of the month, but you can bring them anytime and leave them in the red tub outside the church office.

One Great Hour of Sharing

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is one of eight denominations supporting this offering. Each denomination decides how the money will be used. In PC(USA), the offering is divided among three programs. Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receive 32% and the Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36%. The additional 4% is used for the Hunger Program’s work on homelessness and affordable housing.

During Lent, the children will receive the usual fish banks for their part of the offering and there will be envelopes in the pews. A Sharing Calendar will be available for those interested in a daily reminder of what our gifts can accomplish. For more information on this program, check http://www.pcusa.org/oghs. Our offering will be received on Palm Sunday, April 1.

Save the Date(s)!

The 50th Anniversary Planning Team announces the following events to celebrate BPC’s 50th Anniversary:

• Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Sixties Theme Party for all adults

• Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

International Potluck Dinner & food raffle-all ages

• Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Worship Celebration & Anniversary Reception

Put them on your calendar and plan to come.

Stay tuned for exciting details of all events to come. Please speak to one of us to help plan and/or work on one of these events: Judy Brunner, Sue Hadsell, Jen Dewar, Barbara & Steve Karanja, Susan Kemen, Marion McPhee, Colette Greco.

Revised Coffee Hour Schedule

The following is the revised schedule for hosting coffee hour from February through June. Please notice that I have made some changes because of the new roster of Elders and Deacons. There is an asterisk next to the dates where changes have been made. Please contact me if there is a problem with the date you are scheduled to host

Date Team

March 4 Session

March 11 Deacons

March 18 Amankwaa & Asantewaa

March 25* Stalker & Wells

April 1 Palm Sunday Session

April 8 Easter Breakfast
No Coffee Hour

April 15 Deacons

April 22* Adisho/Chapman & Ross

April 29* Clark, Marshall & McGilvray-Rivet

May 6 Session

May 13 Deacons – Mother’s Day

May 20 59th Anniversary Reception

May 27* Emma Sarpong & Esther Sarpong

June 3 Session

June 10 No Coffee

June 17 Dewar & Doubek

June 24 Anderson & Briggs

Thank you everyone.

Jennifer Dewar

May 2011 Crossroads

Thanks to Wonderful Volunteers!

To the Christian Education Committee and others for our Lent Event on April 3, which produced over 80 Hygiene Kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and paper cranes as part of our church’s contribution to “Hearts and Hands for Japan.”

To those who helped with and attended “Hearts and Hands” at St. Malachy Church on April 9. The Red Cross benefited by more than $800 and our paper crane mobile is making the rounds of congregations (we hosted it on Palm Sunday) before the cranes are sent to Japan.

To workers on our Clean-Up Day, April 16, who did a great job on a cold and windy morning sprucing up our winter-battered property.

And of course, to the many who helped make this year’s Holy Week a meaningful occasion – worship leaders and readers, musicians, breakfast hosts, Deacon flower arrangers, and more.

It’s good to be part of such an active church family!

Deacons Corner

On May 1st, we will be collecting canned vegetables for the Burlington Food Pantry.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the International Dinner last month. In addition to enjoying some delicious food, we raised approximately $236.00. The money will help pay for the cost of snow removal this past winter.

We would also like to thank everyone who contributed money or purchased flowers for Maundy Thursday and Easter. The money raised will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, for relief work in Japan and Haiti.

The Confession of Belhar

A Special Learning Opportunity

Join our adult group on Sundays, May 8 and
May 15, 9:15 a.m., for an important exploration. This confession of faith from South Africa could become a new addition to the PCUSA Book of Confessions if approved by enough presbyteries this year (Boston Presbytery will vote on May 23). It is a strong statement of both God’s sovereignty and the struggle toward racial justice.

This is also a good occasion for understanding the significance of our confessions, and how a particular one become part of our constitution.

The presbytery will also be offering two chances to hear presentations and discuss Belhar  on Saturday, May 7 and Monday, May 9. See Rod for more info.

“Final Affairs” Fair
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.
St. Mark’s Church, Burlington

Our church is part of sponsoring this community event. It is to help us all think about end-of-life issues and planning, medical care, advance directives, wills and estates, funeral planning, and more… things important to us all!

Healthy Women Healthy Families
Mother’s Day Project

Mother’s Day cards will be available to support this program. The program began as a malaria prevention project in Africa. It has now been expanded to include health screenings and immunizations for children, prenatal and obstetrical care, children’s nutrition programs, fistula surgery, primary care for children, cervical cancer screening and family health education.

Help Wanted
By People Helping People

On Saturday, May 14th the Post Office will hold their annual Food Drive. The food is collected throughout the day by the Mail Carriers and then delivered to St. Margaret’s CCD Building where it is sorted. The following week it will be delivered to the Food Pantry.

This is a huge project and a lot of help is needed to receive in the food & sort it on Saturday afternoon, May 14th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday May 21 from 8:45 a.m. – noon (or so). Folks who can lift 40-50 lbs. are also needed. Couple-hour shifts available! This is a great way to help your community. If you are interested contact Linda Roscoe, or see the sign up on the bulletin board.

Join us for M.A.T.E.!
July 17 – July 22

Plans are underway for our housing work week in central Maine. Would you like to be part of this year’s volunteer team to rehab homes of rural elderly and families in need? Our week will be July 17 – July 22. Experience welcome but not necessary. We stay in a dorm at the University of Maine in Farmington. Coming for part of the week is possible. We have wonderful fellowship with folks who go from other churches, and those at whose homes we work.

Youth and adults welcome!

Financial contributions are also needed – and stay tuned for requests for our church to provide some food/kitchen items.

See Rod if interested, or for more details.